Hambantota is getting ready to host the third ODI SL vs AFG on June 7, Wednesday. Afghanistan won the first ODI and Sri Lanka won the second. For now, the series is gorgeously ready for the final ODI decider.
Afghanistan won the first ODI with 6 goals. Sri Lanka came back strong in the second ODI, notching their first 232 stroke runs and beating their opponents with just 191. A strong win in the second ODI gave them the edge in the decisive series.
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Afghanistan has some bad news ahead of the decider. Their offensive pitcher and T20 captain Rashid Khan are in doubt for a third ODI. He did not play the first two games due to a lower back injury. Without him, the Afghan bowling attack is only half as likely to challenge the Sri Lankans.
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Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are playing together twice in a six-month period. The two sides had previously met in a series of ODI matches in November 2022. The series ended with a score of 1-1. The two sides also met in Asian Cup and the T20 World Cup last year. Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka at the tournament stage while the Lankans beat them in the Super 4 stage. Sri Lanka also beat Afghanistan with six goals in the T20 World Cup.
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Speaking of Afghanistan, Hasmatullah Shahidi will lead the Afghans in this ODI series after Mohammad Nabi resigned as captain of the white team after the T20 World Cup. Rahmanullah Gurbanz, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad and Rahmanullah Gurbanz who played in the IPL are back in the national team. Dasun Shanaka will lead the Sri Lankan team in the ODI series. The Asian Cup Last year’s win is still his biggest achievement as Sri Lanka captain.
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SL vs AFG Today’s live weather report and pitch coverage of Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota, 3rd ODI – Afghanistan Tour Of Sri Lanka 2023
SL’s third ODI vs AFG starts at 10am IST. The temperature in the morning will be about 33 degrees. Scattered thunderstorms and windy weather are expected during the day. Rain can play spoilsport in the decision.
The average score of the first inning at the venue is around 250. However, given how Sri Lanka beat in the second ODI, they want to score more than 300 points and put pressure on Afghanistan. Ideally, they want to replicate their second ODI performance in the decision set.
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